Lightweight Design worldwide

, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp 42–45 | Cite as

Lightweight Design Potential in Urban Electric Vehicles

  • Marc Hohmann
  • Martin Hillebrecht
  • Michael Schäfer

Edag uses real tests and calibrated simulations to prove that lightweight design in urban electric vehicles makes sense from an energetic point of view. An urban electric vehicle that is 100 kg lighter saves around 4 % of drive energy in real operation. This in turn allows the installation of a smaller and lighter battery without reducing the range.

Electric Vehicles in Urban Use

Lightweight design in electric vehicles is a controversially discussed topic. For combustion vehicles, lightweight design is established and absolutely necessary in order to comply with current emission standards. The future emission targets, however, cannot be achieved by economically sensible lightweight design measures with combustion vehicles alone. This means that vehicle manufacturers will need a proportion of vehicles with alternative drive systems to avoid severe fines. However, the choice of alternative drive systems is limited. The technologies for fuel cells and synthetic fuels are not yet...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc Hohmann
    • 1
  • Martin Hillebrecht
    • 2
  • Michael Schäfer
  1. 1.Edag Engineering GmbHFuldaGermany
  2. 2.EdagFuldaGermany

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